One of the trees in the boulevard alongside the house was highly stressed by the dry weather last summer and the harsh winter that followed. It has not leafed out much this spring and now it won’t get the chance.
Yesterday a Minneapolis Park Board truck pulled up and marked the tree. The inspector left a card in my door indicating that the tree would be removed. First thing this morning a crew showed up with chainsaws and a chipper to take the tree down.
Before the urban lumberjacks set to work, I snapped a final a photo of the tree. To my amazement, it took only three minutes from when the tree hit the ground to convert the whole thing to mulch. Thanks to Dutch Elm Disease, the city has gotten very good at removing sick trees in a hurry.
The video clip below shows what my 5-year-old and I saw as we watched the parks crew from the dining room window:
The shade and privacy lost with this tree will be significant. Of the three trees in the boulevard, this one provided the most shade benefit, protecting the side of the house. Now I will have to start over with a new sapling. I’m sure it will take more than a day to get a replacement tree– and many many days more before the replacement grows as big as the tree I lost today.